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Private Clubs

The Mom

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#1
http://www.modernist.club/member-info/

I spotted a news story about this the other day, and it piqued my interest.

Is a private club founded to surround yourself with like minded people really that different than other private clubs that many consider(ed) deplorable because they discriminated on the basis of sex, race, or religion?

I'm sure they would not black ball someone due to race, gender, or sexual preference, but is it OK to say that someone isn't smart enough, or successful enough, to join - even though he/she is well able to afford it? Just because he/she isn't "modern enough", whatever that means.

Isn't this just a different form of discrimination?

Edited to add, this is a strictly social club, unlike professional, union, etc clubs which limit members due to occupation.
 
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Nemo14

Well-Known Member
#3
http://www.modernist.club/member-info/

I spotted a news story about this the other day, and it piqued my interest.

Is a private club founded to surround yourself with like minded people really that different than other private clubs that many consider(ed) deplorable because they discriminated on the basis of sex, race, or religion?

I'm sure they would not black ball someone due to race, gender, or sexual preference, but is it OK to say that someone isn't smart enough, or successful enough, to join - even though he/she is well able to afford it? Just because he/she isn't "modern enough", whatever that means.

Isn't this just a different form of discrimination?
I can't answer that because you're not smart enough :p
 

Quinnmac000

Well-Known Member
#6
I think there is a difference between a social clubs when it comes to success/intelligence even if someone can afford to pay the membership than clubs based on sex, race, etc. Earned Success is more so based on your personal efforts to be successful. Intelligence is something we all have some capacity for just it differs from person to person. Sex, Race, etc are factors that people cannot "change", therefore I think discrimination in that is quite unfair but at the same time what is the purpose of the club. If the club was for African American women to state their experiences in facing adversity in a positive manner, I would totally get why it would be exclusive as a safe space. At the same time, I would hope they would allow other people in to understand where they are coming for if they are interested as long as they understand that they themselves may not fit in nor agree with the majority of the opinions. With that, they need to remain respectful of the group by not providing unsolicited commentary.

In this instance, there is a huge difference between inherited success/earned success. People who inherited their success from parents may not have worked hard but were given circumstances that allowed them to succeed rather than actually putting in the work to obtain so there would be a huge difference in opinion from someone who was given everything than someone who had to work for everything they own.